30 January 2009
29 January 2009
First a video from Todd Vorenkamp '96 flying a rescue mission from USCG Air Station Humbolt Bay. As Todd says- "I'm the one mumbling on the intercom."
Next- Scott Volkert '95 was featured this week in a great documentary detailing the background and operations of the Marine One helicopter squardron responsible for flying the President.
27 January 2009
23 January 2009
The first warm day in what seems like weeks, and a tug and barge grounding at Execution Rocks seemed a perfect excuse for a boat ride. Chris, Rich, and Rob bounced through some ice to get out of the Basin but it was a nice ride after that.
22 January 2009
21 January 2009
Bill Hardesty '98- Flash Gordon- Farr 40- 8th
Ryan McRee '02- Man'O'War- J-35- 3rd place
Ralf Steitz (Sailing Foundation)- Cool Breeze- Mills 40- 1st
Good luck for the rest of the week!
15 January 2009
14 January 2009
09 January 2009
08 January 2009
Kings Point's Intercollegiate Sailing Coach Matt Allen decisively won this years Vanguard 15 Mids-Winter Regatta held in Miami, Fl, topping second place by 30 points.
Congrats to Matt!
Waterfront Winter Ops Schedule
Times and Places
Classes will meet on Wednesday Afternoons at 1600 in the Yocum classroom
Labs/TM’s will be during the weekend as announced
Date Instructor Lesson Plan
Jan 14, 2009 Stearns Advanced Seamanship/Line Splicing
Jan 21, 2009 Webster Basic small Vessel engineering Troubleshooting
Jan 28, 2009 Showell Cold water survival
Feb 4, 2009 Webb Ice Breaking Techniques
Feb 11, 2009 Branning Racing Sailboat Navigation
Feb 18, 2009 Gaudiano Fast Rescue Boat* (still in the works)
04 January 2009
We haven't done an Alumni update in a while- But it is great to hear that RWO / Dinghy Team Alum Allison Davis is having a great time in a not so ordinary job- even by Kings Point standards- Great Job Ally!
"I am doing well and learning so much! It's very exciting down here in Antarctica. I really love it! The Captain is great and gives me the con around ice all the time. I was supposed to get off in the beginning of December, but I asked to stay on until the end of January so I can get more time on this ship. She is going to be reflagged to work in the Galapagos, so the officers have to be Ecuadorian and all of us on board have to work on other ships. It looks like I will be able to work on Lindblad's newest ship, National Geographic Explorer, in May. I'll get on in Egypt and work the European runs as well as the Arctic.
One of the most exciting things about this ship are the marine mammal encounters. There is so much life down in Antarctica that I had no idea about. When we were in South Georgia, the beaches were really loud with elephant seals mating and fighting, penguins squawking and feeding their young, and glaciers calving. As you can imagine, I tried to get ashore whenever I wasn't on watch.
We have an open bridge policy and so I often find myself bumping into guests while I'm trying to plot positions, but it makes for a fun time too. I was on watch the other day when some guests came up to the bridge claiming they had seen a whale. The AB confirmed it through binoculars so I called the Captain. The whole thing seemed kind of fishy because the guests were saying that it was just floating at the surface. The Captain came up to the bridge after a few minutes and since he knew exactly where we were he didn't even have to look out the window to confirm what type of whale it was. Well, let's just say this type of whale is as hard as a rock! The guests were very embarrassed and so was I for calling the Captain to come up to the bridge to see a rock in the distance. The Captain just laughed it off though because this has happened many times before.
About an hour later we came across two Humpbacks. They were feeding so we saw some really cool behavior such as flapping their fins and lots of bubbles! Humpbacks guide Krill up to the surface with bubble walls and rings. It's rare to see the bubble rings, but at times we saw very large rings of bubbles and both humpbacks come up through the rings with their mouths wide open! It was a really cool experience!
Occasionally, a big glob of red stuff would be seen when the whales came up the surface. I wasn't sure what it was at first, but the Captain got really excited when he saw it and was yelling "look it's poop! POOOOPPPPP!!!!! POOP, POOP!" One of the naturalists was making an announcement explaining why the whales are making the bubbles, and he turned the intercom mike towards the Captain so his shouting could be heard all over the ship! I'm sure the few guests sitting in the lounge were shocked!
We could also see the Krill on the depthfinder which was really cool and there was a lot of it! I tried to watch the humpbacks as much as I could, but I was plotting the ships position every few minutes to make sure we were staying just far enough away from some shallow spots. The bridge was crowded, so I was almost leaning over guests as I plotted the positions.
I had never been on a passenger ship before this, so I wasn't sure what to expect. We get a lot of old people, which makes things difficult when helping them in and out of zodiacs or when we are in the open ocean.
This has been the most amazing contract for me and I am so glad I am working on this ship. I hope things are going well for you and please say hello to everyone at Yocum for me. "